Koh-i-Noor Trends on Twitter Following Queen Elazabeth II’s Death

Twitterati has started a new trend, highlighting the origins of the Koh-i-Noor diamond soon after the demise of the British Queen, Elizabeth II, and are demanding that the Royal Family and the British Museum return it and several other artifacts that were taken away from a number of countries that were once part of the British Empire.

The Koh-i-Noor is a 530-carat diamond that was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850 and was encrusted in the crown of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Besides claiming the world’s largest cut diamond from India for itself, the British Empire also unfairly acquired the following items from the regions it colonized.

Tipu Sultan’s Ring

The ring of Tipu Sultan was reportedly taken off his finger after he died in a battle with the British in 1799. The British had subsequently auctioned the ring off to an anonymous bidder for around £145,000.

The Elgin Marbles

Thomas Bruce, the seventh Lord Elgin, who was British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (1799–1803), extracted the collection of Marble Statues from the decaying walls of the Parthenon Temple in 1803. The marble statues were then taken to London after being removed from the Greek temple and named after the lord.

Greece has been demanding the return of the Elgin Marbles since 1925 but to no avail.

The Great Star of Africa Diamond

Among the British Crown’s most cherished possessions is another large diamond called the ‘Great Star of Africa’ or the Cullinan Diamond. It was the largest-ever uncut diamond to be discovered and weighed 3,106 carats. Its largest cut piece, Cullinan I, weighs 530 carats and is worth $400 million.

This precious jewel was allegedly presented to Edward VII in 1905, but historians claim that this was done against the wishes of the African people. It since lies encrusted in the late Queen’s scepter.

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone was originally discovered accidentally by the French in 1799 on the banks of the River Nile in Rosetta, Egypt. The four feet tall, and two-and-a-half feet wide stone dates back to 196 BC and is inscribed with three different scripts of the Egyptian language in hieroglyphics, the Demotic script, and Ancient Greek.

The British acquired the stone when they defeated the French in battle in the 1800s, and it is also on display at the British Museum.

  • The irony of all this is that England claims that these relics are more part of the British History than the history of the countries who are claiming these, and this reject the notion that they have to be returned. Also the ring of Tipu sultan and kohinoor diamonds were taken from Pre-Independence India, not the modern day India, People use the name India to imply that history pertaining to India only belongs to modern day geographic India, whereas this is not the case.

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